Professor Pauline Nestor was educated in Australia and England. After a BA (Hons) at Melbourne University, she attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and completed an MPhil and a DPhil in nineteenth-century English literature and culture.
She has written extensively on nineteenth-century English women writers, especially George Eliot, the Brontes and Elizabeth Gaskell. Her research is informed by feminist and psychoanalytic theory and analyses literary texts within the context of the rich cultural life of Victorian England. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project (supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant) on the history of European women’s letters.
Professor Nestor is Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, and Academic Adviser Research Development to the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor Research. She has a specific cross university role in building interdisciplinary research teams. She is also a board member of the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority and the Victorian Higher Education Accreditation Committee.